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February 8, 2010 5:19:14 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming,Gaming & Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Mouse & Keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Newegg,Though if someone knows better.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Just looking for Suggestions...Looking to spend about 1100-1150 Dollars with a Monitor...(Would like to get one around 24 inches)

This is what I have so far

Antec 900 Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 2333SW High Glossy Black 23" 5ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Windows 7 OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would like to get a Nicer one if I could free up money else where...really wasn't sure what way to go for GPU
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Seagate Barracuda 500gb HDrive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec truepower 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

------130$$$ seems abit Pricey but it was PSU my friend recommended,Anyone have any ideas for Cheaper but reliable option?

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK BALDER SD1283 120mm Long Life CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 8, 2010 6:48:43 AM

^ If it is for gaming, it is better that you spend more on the graphics card than the other components like the case, etc...
And also as you will not be overclocking, you can do away with the CPU cooler as for stock speeds, the cooler that comes with the CPU would suffice...
And do you plans adding 1 more graphics card in crossfire or a single powerful card would be better ?
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February 8, 2010 6:59:21 AM

Here is a better config for gaming
LCD - 21.5" - Still is a big screen...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Even this case is a better alternative for the Antec 900
Antec 300 Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 - It is better than the Seagates...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
Gigabyte 790X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
WIN 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card + PSU
HD 5850 + OCZ 700W - This is also a very good PSU with 80+ Certification and has enough power for HD 5850 crossfire too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$1143 | $1078 Including rebates
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February 8, 2010 7:11:51 AM

Meant to say yes for overclocking(late here brain fart)


PS,Thx for the tips gonna take a look at them now
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February 8, 2010 7:29:14 AM

^ Both the cards are ATI stock ones...so the components used would be the same...And also Gigabyte offers 3yrs warranty compared to the 2yrs from Sapphire...and not to forget the combos deal too...
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February 8, 2010 7:29:16 AM

rakrak50 said:
How is the Sapphire vs the Gigabyte/Xfx? is it just matter brand name or?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


was one of the cards I have been looking at,though doesn't look like it has any good combos to pair with it

afaik, Sapphire and xfx are better then Gigabyte. I might be wrong thought.
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February 8, 2010 7:32:58 AM

^ IMO Gigabyte is as good as any other company out there in the graphics market...Being the leaders in the motherboard market, they bring in their expertise in manufacturing the boards for the graphics too...

But I would consider the XFX a little better due to their Lifetime Limited Warranty...
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February 8, 2010 7:37:16 AM

gkay09 said:
^ IMO Gigabyte is as good as any other company out there in the graphics market...Being the leaders in the motherboard market, they bring in their expertise in manufacturing the boards for the graphics too...

But I would consider the XFX a little better due to their Lifetime Limited Warranty...

well, haven't had any gb gpu, but gb's mb quality doesn't automatically reflects on their gpu quality.
for example, nvidia's gpu are very good but their mb chipset are crap.
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February 8, 2010 7:44:21 AM

^ Lolz...you are comparing the core chipsets...
Am talking about the boards and components...all the companies get the core chips(Graphic chips) from ATI...only the other things such as the board, components used such as the capacitors, chokes and the circuitry on the boards, which is very similar to the Motherboards are designed and manufactured by the companies...
That is why EVGA and XFX entered the mobo market and Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI entered the Graphics card market...
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February 8, 2010 8:38:58 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Lolz...you are comparing the core chipsets...
Am talking about the boards and components...all the companies get the core chips(Graphic chips) from ATI...only the other things such as the board, components used such as the capacitors, chokes and the circuitry on the boards, which is very similar to the Motherboards are designed and manufactured by the companies...
That is why EVGA and XFX entered the mobo market and Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI entered the Graphics card market...

that was just an example.
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February 8, 2010 9:30:42 AM

Btw Since I did plan on eventually overclocking it any recommendations on a heat sink/cooler? Thank you for all your help Just wanna make sure I get it right this time around my last computer was such a waste of money.
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February 8, 2010 10:00:09 AM

I would say go for Gkay09's idea of the whole PC BUT however
crack the windows 7 download it from somewhere boom 100/150$ extra for you to spent on parts so you can get a nice cooler or maybe more ram or a better PSU.
Well ofcourse cracking is illegal but any way microsoft has enough money already.
so they wouldn't mind the 150$ but you would mind it :p  and if you do not know how to crack it you can always write me a massage i'd walk you through it
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February 8, 2010 10:09:05 AM

^ I dont think its a good idea to discuss about cracking/ pirating the commercial software in a public forum...It is illegal and is against the forum rules too...
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February 8, 2010 11:27:28 PM

Alrighty thank you for all the help,Hopefully i'll be placing my order tomorrow.
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February 10, 2010 4:58:53 AM

hero16 said:
I would say go for Gkay09's idea of the whole PC BUT however
crack the windows 7 download it from somewhere boom 100/150$ extra for you to spent on parts so you can get a nice cooler or maybe more ram or a better PSU.
Well ofcourse cracking is illegal but any way microsoft has enough money already.
so they wouldn't mind the 150$ but you would mind it :p  and if you do not know how to crack it you can always write me a massage i'd walk you through it


dude, you want it, buy it!
don't want it, use what you have or switch to another os.
you won't have the balls to enter a store and steal it, don't hide behind anonymity.

P.S. I faced the same decision like you, I own a winxp that I rarely use and my main os is linux.
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February 10, 2010 4:33:57 PM

I bought windows 7 placed the order Yesterday thank you for everyone's help ^_^
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February 10, 2010 4:35:36 PM

Best answer selected by rakrak50.
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February 15, 2010 10:33:15 PM

Assembling now,Everything seems fine besides the Sunbeam Cooler didn't match up on the Motherboard.
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February 16, 2010 2:01:04 AM

^ Did you get the ASUS 790X or any other mobo ?
I dont think you would have issues fitting that CPU cooler on that mobo...
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February 16, 2010 5:27:56 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... was the Mobo I got,It's no biggy though I'll send the cooler back I wasn't going overclock it right off bat anyways...

Though ran in to another problem Friend never could get the PSU to power up so he's going bring his over tomorrow and test it out see if mine may have been defective or what.
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February 16, 2010 5:36:39 AM

Thx Gkay once its all hooked up give report back...Do have to say though I hooked the monitor up to my old PC and I love it ^_^ so very much
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